Michigan Minimum Wage Increasing in Phases

Michigan is raising its minimum wage (SB 0934) incrementally over the next four years. The first phase of increases begins in September 2014 and will raise the wage from $7.40 to $8.15. Then at the beginning of 2016 the wage will increase to $8.50, to $8.90 in 2017, and finally to $9.25 in 2018.

The increase passed by bipartisan votes in both the House (76 to 34) and Senate (24 to 12).

Governor Claims Increase is Good for Michigan’s Economy

Governor Rick Snyder said of the wage increase “This is something that’s good for Michigan, it’s good for the hardworking people of Michigan, and I believe economically sound in terms of hopefully creating an environment for long-term economic success.”

Danielle Atkinson, a representative for the Raise Michigan Coalition – the group raising signatures and pushing the ballot – said “We know this is the only Republican conservative Legislature to consider an increase in the minimum wage, and that’s a direct result of our work on the campaign.”

The Michigan Restaurant Association, National Federation of Independent Business, and other groups have said that the minimum wage increase will cut into businesses’ profits which could lead to closures and layoffs.

Revised Michigan Posting Available

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Wage and Hour Division has released the revised posting, which is available as part of the GovDocs Michigan labor law poster packages in electronic and laminated versions. The package includes other postings required for Michigan workplaces:

  • Minimum Wage Law
  • Youth Employment Standards Act
  • Safety & Health Protection on the Job
  • Civil Rights Law Prohibits Discrimination
  • Right To Know – MSDS
  • Right To Know – MSDS (New or Revised)
  • Whistleblowers’ Protection Act
  • Wage Deviation
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • No Smoking

Other State Minimum Wage Increases in U.S.

Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia also have approved minimum wage raises this year.


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